ASHWAGANDHA: BENEFITS, SUPPLEMENTS & FAQS
In today’s fast-paced world, where issues like stress have become increasingly prevalent, people are turning to natural remedies to support their well-being. One such ancient herb that has gained significant attention is Ashwagandha. In this article, we’ll delve into its origins, the benefits of ashwagandha and the supplements available, as well as answer some of your most frequently asked questions about how this mysterious plant can support your unique health & fitness journey.
What is ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha, also known as ‘winter cherry’, ‘Indian ginseng’ or by its scientific name Withania somnifera, is a small shrub native to India and North Africa. It’s been used for thousands of years in traditional Ayurveda. From Sanskrit, ashwagandha translates to “smell of a horse,” referencing both its distinct odour and its traditional use as a herb that may impart the strength and vitality of a stallion. Nowadays, ashwagandha supplements are widely popular amongst bodybuilders, athletes and people living a hectic and/or active lifestyle.
The best ashwagandha supplements
Our complete range of ashwagandha supplements features quality tabs, capsules and powders in a range of dosage strengths and formulations. A few of our top sellers include:
What are the benefits of ashwagandha?
There are many potential ashwagandha benefits. It may*:
support in periods of mental and nervous tension and anxiousness.
contribute to optimal relaxation.
help to support relaxation and mental and physical wellbeing.
contribute to emotional balance and general wellbeing.
support learning, memory and recall.
help maintain the health of the respiratory system.
help make you feel more energetic.
support the health of the female reproductive organs.
support male sexual function.
helps maintain the health of the skin.
support the onset of sleep.
*these ashwagandha benefits and health claims are pending approval by the European Commission.
Ashwagandha and testosterone
Although many people use ashwagandha to boost testosterone levels, more rigorous research (with larger sample sizes and diverse populations) is necessary to establish a definitive relationship.
Our advice, as always, is to never be completely dependent on supplements. You can improve your testosterone levels simply by making some small adjustments to your lifestyle.
If you’re wondering about testosterone boosters, check out our extensive article on the topic: what are testosterone boosters and do they really work?
Is ashwagandha dangerous?
When using ashwagandha, always read the instructions on the package carefully. We recommend taking two capsules of Body&Fit Ashwagandha KSM-66® per day (600mg) with water. Pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as individuals with specific medical conditions, should exercise caution and seek medical advice before using ashwagandha. If in doubt, you can always contact your doctor who can advise based on your specific situation.
What is ashwagandha KSM-66®?
Ashwagandha KSM-66® is a special high-concentration, high-bioavailability, full root extract of the plant, known for its quality supply chain and extraction techniques. The process results in a so-called ‘broad spectrum’ extract, which means that all the natural properties of the plant are preserved for guaranteed quality and safety. Ashwagandha KSM-66® is also 100% and non-GMO certified.
How to use ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is available in various forms, including capsules, powders, extracts, and teas. Always follow the instructions on the product label for the correct dosage.
Does ashwagandha go with other supplements?
Yes, in most cases it’s absolutely fine to combine ashwagandha with other supplements, as long as you keep an eye on the instructions on the packaging. It goes especially well with the following vitamins and minerals:
Selenium contributes to normal spermatogenesis (the process of sperm cell development) and zinc contributes to normal fertility and reproduction. Selenium can be found in fish, meat and nuts, among other things. Zinc is also found in meat and nuts, but also in cheese and grain products, for example.
Vitamin B6 can be obtained through meat, eggs, fish and nuts. This vitamin contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism, psychological function and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Vitamin D3 contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle function. It’s made naturally by the body under the influence of the sun and can also be found in fatty fish.
Our Body&Fit Men’s T-Cycle is a unique blend of ashwagandha and all four of these vitamins and minerals. It’s complete with D-aspartic acid and nettle extract and is specially designed for male strength athletes and bodybuilders.
How much ashwagandha should you take?
While there is no one-size-fits-all dosage, the standard range (commonly used in clinical studies) is typically between 250mg to 500mg taken two to three times per day.
Also, keep in mind that the concentration and potency of ashwagandha supplements can vary among different brands and formulations. It’s important to check the label for the standardised percentage of withanolides, the active compounds in ashwagandha. A higher percentage of withanolides indicates a more potent extract. Keep in mind that individual responses can vary, and it may take time to notice any potential benefits. Give it a few weeks of consistent use to assess its effects. If you experience any adverse effects or have concerns, discontinue use and consult with a healthcare professional.
FAQs about Ashwagandha:
Can ashwagandha be taken by children?
While ashwagandha is generally safe for adults, its use is not recommended for children under 18 years of age.
Can ashwagandha interact with medications?
If you’re taking any form of medication, it’s always best to check with your doctor if it’s safe to use ashwagandha supplements (or any other herbal or food supplement for that matter).
How long does it take to experience ashwagandha benefits?
The time it takes to experience the benefits of ashwagandha can vary from person to person.
Is an improved libido one of the benefits of ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is often associated with potential benefits for overall sexual health and vitality, which can indirectly impact libido. While there is some anecdotal evidence and traditional use suggesting a positive effect on libido, the scientific research on ashwagandha’s direct impact on libido is limited.
Now you have a better understanding of what ashwagandha is and what it can do for you, it’s time to give it a try. Let us know how you like it and share your thoughts by tagging us on TikTok or Instagram. It might just help you on the way to achieving your health & fitness goals. For further advice on nutrition and supplements, check out our blog, where you can find everything you need and more to support your health & fitness goals.